The weekend smiled down on the Sunny Coast with Sunday providing epic conditions. With the closer reefs on offer Sunshine Reef was the favourite to fish with small snapper, grassy sweetlip, spotty and Spanish mackerel and of course a few fat longtail tuna. The pelagic fish taking floated live and dead baits and the reefies all falling to paternoster rigged fresh flesh bait and pilchard and squid combo’s. If floating dead baits on gang hooks then grab a sea horse tinsel head as these add that extra bit of sparkle in the dirtier water which still persists from the consistent rains. Further out wide around North reef jewies, cobia, tuna and mackerel were landed as well as some quality reefies.
From the headlands and surf the post full moon bite has seen small jewies showing up along the coastline with the odd mackerel from the stones too. These fish love sinking stickbaits in the rougher conditions and the Rapala long cast shallow is an excellent option with pre rigged inline singles and an action even tuna and cobia love. Fishing soft plastics from the rocky areas has seen small snapper and sweetlip caught as well as bream and a few trevally. Rock fishing can be great this time of year as the pelagics are still about and the winter species are moving in.
The river has been a little quieter but still fishing well with some great trevally showing up throughout the system. The most popular right now being the golden which packs a punch once hooked. They are traditionally bottom feeders and tend to show up in the sandier areas of the river so focus your efforts around woods bay, Munna Point and toward the marina. These line shy fish love Keitech soft plastics in the 3 inch size as well as Squidgy wrigglers in blood worm.
Don’t forget to keep using scent and put in a few long pauses while working your lure. Flatties have been quieter but fishing the drop off during a run out tide will certainly help. Upping your jighead weight to the next size will help keep it closer to the bottom, especially if you are fishing a heavier leader of 12-14lb in the current. If bait fishing then fishing a whole fish bait or strip of mullet as close to the bottom will certainly get some interest. The various drop offs along the Noosa River mouth are great places to try this technique for the land based anglers. In the lead up to the new moon the evening bite will be coming on for live baiting. This is a time where the bigger fish including mangrove and bull sharks will be on the prowl so be sure to know your target and gear up.
Freshwater will have a boost with the moon phase and the decline in recent rains that have lowered waters temperatures have come to an end. The fish will be found in deeper waters during low light and along the weed lines enjoying the warmer sun during the daytimes. Best lures would have to be hardbodies in various dive depths and colours. Be sure to spot lock those electric motors and work all points before moving on. The surface bite will be slow so if you do not get any interest within half an hour to forty minutes consider changing to a sub surface option. Take a look at Westin swims for an alternative sub surface lure and in the deep waters the Hot Bite gang banger is a great spoon lure that has excelled in the past.
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